AVOIDING A MESS Gov. Jack Dalrymple did the right thing in appointing a temporary member of the Public Service Commission. Bonny Fetch, a state administrative law judge, will fill the position vacated by Tony Clark, who left the PSC to accept a federal regulatory job in?Washington, D.C. Dalrymple did discuss the job with Randy Christmann, who is running for the position against Brad Crabtree. With the passing of Measure 1, Dalrymple could have appointed Christmann, a state legislator, to the position. That would have created an awkward situation, with Christmann running for a job that he already held, and putting Crabtree at something of a disadvantage because he would have been running against an incumbent. By appointing Fetch, that whole potential mess has been avoided. Fetch will fill the seat until Christmann or Crabtree wins the election in November and takes over in?January, which will be the best situation for all involved.
FINALLY, IT'S OVER LeBron James thankfully won his first NBA?title on?Thursday night, which we hope can mean only one thing: Can we please, please stop hearing about LeBron James' quest for a NBA?title? James' ill-conceived television special to announce he would "take his talents to South Beach" started a two-year discussion of everything LeBron. It took James longer than Michael Jordan to win his first title. James was taking the easy way to a title instead of staying in Cleveland and trying to do it nearly all by himself. Enough. With the Miami Heat's win Thursday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, James collected his first championship trophy. Good for him. He's a great player, and works as hard as any other player in chasing the championship every year. Now he has one. We hope the media pressure dwindles some now, because we've seen and heard enough about LeBron James for a while.